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Minds Matter: Support us in our campaign for better mental health in Newham

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 May 2016

Newham charity representatives join Stephen Timms MP, Lyn Brown MP and Cllr Clive Furness to help launch the Mind Matters campaign.

Newham charity representatives join Stephen Timms MP, Lyn Brown MP and Cllr Clive Furness to help launch the Mind Matters campaign.

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Join the Recorder as we fight to break down the stigma surrounding mental ill health and improve the wellbeing of Newham residents.

The Recorder has launched a mental health awareness campaign, Minds Matter, with Newham charities, health services and the council, and you can read more about it our newspaper out tomorrow.

Through Minds Matter, we aim to break down stigma that persists about mental health and dementia but we cannot change attitudes alone.

We need Recorder readers to back our campaign by pledging to speak about mental health and care for those around them.

Cllr Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health said: “Anyone of us could be affected by mental illness at any time. It could affect us or someone we love and care for.

“Having a mental illness can be a very scary time for people but it is not something that anyone has to cope with alone.

“I hope this campaign helps remove the stigma around mental health and shows the network of support available to people if they need it.”

This week we’ve shared the stories of readers and residents in Newham, investigated the prevalence of mental health issues in the borough and examined the impact of dementia on mental health, all of which will be featured in tomorrow’s print issue.

Our campaign is backed by Newham MPs Lyn Brown and Stephen Timms, Cllr Clive Furness and the Young Mayor of Newham Alex Jarrett.

It is also supported by Newham College London, the University of East London (UEL) and charities including Alzheimer’s Society, Caritas Anchor House, the Independent Newham Users Forum (INUF) and Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said: “Caritas Anchor House is supporting the Minds Matter campaign because we want to help break the stigma that surrounds mental health, and encourage people who do have mental health needs not be afraid to speak out and seek support”

Shahan Islam, Services Manager for Minds Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham, said: “Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham supports the Minds Matter Campaign.

“This campaign is a great opportunity to reach out to those who are and may be affected by mental health issues.

“Speaking out about mental health means more people get the help and support they need without fear of stigma and discrimination.”

Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager, Hinnah Gill, added: “Minds Matters is a fantastic campaign to raise awareness about mental health and dementia in Newham.

“The Alzheimer’s Society want to reach out to people in the community and help them seek advice and support from local resources with an aim to improve their understanding as well their health and wellbeing.”

Please visit our campaign section here to learn more about our manifesto, sign our pledge and find out about events happening for Mental Health Awareness Week and Dementia Awareness Week 2016.

You can also read about our campaign and share your story.

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